Ao Hin Kong
Haad Rin Nok (Sunrise Beach) is a 1km peninsular beach area and town. The famous Full Moon Party takes place on this Beach each month. Click this link for the date schedule of the Full Moon Party Dates. Around this time of the month, 2/3 days before and after the party, the island gets quite busy, however the rest of the month, it is a wide stretch of beach with plenty of space, shade and restaurants easy to spend your whole holiday there. There are many mixed reviews about this location, due to the Full Moon Party, however don’t let this fool you. It is the best beach on the island!
Location: The most southern tip of Ko Phangan. Its main beach in Haad Rin Town, to the East.
Description of beach: Pure golden clean sand. This beach is spotless on all days of the month, apart from the evening of the full moon party, as the Haad Rin Business Society, which organizes the parties, have a cleaning team and also have a million dollar beach cleaning machine which goes over the whole beach. So it remains to have its golden picture worthy sand. Lots of shade can easily be found under the coconut trees lining the beach, however it is not recommended to sit directly under them, due to falling coconuts.
Swimming – The water is very shallow, great for swimming and also for small children. Occasionally you get a small pinprick, due to the Rin, which are there micro sea-lice. However this is not to be worried about as they are non-harmful. There is no living coral here, so if you are looking for snorkeling it is best to head to the North of the island.
Activities: Beach Volleyball, Swimming, Sunbathing, Dancing, Eating, Shopping
Beach Volleyball Thailand organizes the Beach volleyball on the island which can be played here, on Olympic standard nets and balls, on the court in front of Tommy Resort. They offers trainings, tournaments around full moon and half-moon and also open play.
Jet skis can be hired, however be careful if you break them as you’ll be charged a large amount.
Shopping in the main Haad Rin town, which is just one street up from the beach, you can find many a cheap bargain, or souvenirs, sarongs, swimming costumes.
Beach Bars, Restaurants and facilities:
Enjoy the environment of the relaxing beach, with refreshments for the beach bars and restaurants, or catch a bite to eat from the many places to eat (see our top restaurants review). You will not be stuck for choice.
Resorts have pools, toilets and sun loungers which and be used for 200THB per day.
Size: 1km peninsular beach area
Getting there – Found in the southern most peninsula. There are signs which cannot be missed.
Tip: Haad Rin Nai (Sunset Beach) located on the West of Haad Rin, can be found if you go to Cocohut Resort, which has its own private beach and floating pontoon going out into the sea. Great for sunset pictures.
Nearest resort: There are many resorts on the beach front and in Haad Rin Town, all ranging in prices and standards.